FARE, the leading organization in food allergy education, is leading The Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween, encouraging households to offer a non-treat food item as a fun and safe alternative option for trick-or-treaters with food allergies.
Many popular Halloween candies contain some of the most common allergens and additionally many miniature or fun-size versions of candies contain different ingredients than their full-size counterparts and may not have labels, so it is difficult for parents to determine whether these items are safe for their child with food allergies.
Charlotte Bailey, a fourth grader at Solana Pacific School, was contacted by Fox 5 News to teach the community about FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project on Oct. 27. Charlotte has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and she and her family have worked with FARE over the years to raise awareness about food allergies.
Supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple gesture that can have a big impact. As Charlotte advised: Get a pumpkin, real or fake, and paint it teal. This lets trick-or-treaters know that your home is offering a non-food treat. As Charlotte said, some great examples are stickers, pencils, glow sticks, note pads, erasers, fun straws, bubbles, temporary tattoos, and spider rings. For more information, visit tealpumpkin.org